The Rocks- Sydney, Australia

The Rocks is the original settlement of Sydney. It sits in a hilly area right under the Harbour Bridge close to the harbour’s foreshore. Although only around 200 years old it represents the earliest township built by the first colonists. It is also one of the few places in Australia where you can walk along cobblestoned streets squeezed between golden sandstone buildings. It has, as you might expect, a high concentration of old and atmospheric pubs, as well as many newer cafe options. Saturday markets offer higher quality souvenirs and interesting artisan stalls. The close proximity to the harbour foreshore walks, the Opera House, Circular Quay, the Overseas Passenger Terminal, the Botanic Gardens and of course the CBD makes this a desirable destination. Many events here attract big crowds, for example the VIVID light festival and the Aroma coffee festival.
Tourists can easily spend a day or two around here, enjoying the lively atmosphere and catching a parade of photogenic glimpses of the sparkling harbour with it’s iconic Bridge and Opera House.
In the evenings there are many restaurants, cafes and pubs offering a variety of choices. Most of the major hotel chains have positioned themselves close to The Rocks and offer harbour views at a premium cost. Locals visit The Rocks and feel like tourists in this historical part of their own city.


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